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    Fat Bombs: 4 Insanely Delicious Ways to Burn Fat

    You have heard weight loss success stories from your neighbors, colleagues, friends, and on the internet by following a ketogenic diet. Yes, a ketogenic diet is the best way to reduce weight in a short time (1). It protects you against cardiovascular events by eliminating cholesterol from the body (2). By limiting the intake of carbohydrates, we shift our body's fuel from carbohydrates to fats. In the absence of carbohydrates, our body breaks down the stored fat into the molecules called ketone bodies. Our body cells utilize these ketones bodies to produce energy, and this whole process is known as ketosis.  

    A ketogenic diet is rich in protein and fats and includes cheese, butter, oils, seeds, meats, eggs, fish, sausages, and fibrous vegetables. This diet shift is sometimes hard to follow due to the unavailability of ready-made food.

    Wild Foods provides an excellent solution for this problem in the form of fat bombs or keto fat bombs.

     

    What are fat bombs?

    Keto fat bombs are energy bites, eaten as a snack by keto dieters and contain fat-rich ingredients like coconut oil, butter, cocoa powder. They can satisfy your hunger and fill up your sweet craving.

    Fats share 90 percent of the calories in the fat bombs and provide most of the energy. Fat bombs are best suited for low carbohydrate diet plans like the keto diet and Atkins.  

     

    How are fat bombs made?

    Fat bombs contain a solid base containing coconut oil, cream, butter, MCT oil or bacon. A base of fat bombs is usually high in saturated fats and tend to solidify at room temperature or when cooled. Other ingredients you can use are cream, cheese, cocoa powder, berries and coconut flour.

    Chocolate and keto-friendly natural sweeteners are added to it to make them sweet. They give you roughly 7 to 50 grams of fats, less than 5 grams of carbohydrates and proteins.  

    You can find hundreds of keto fat bombs recipes on the internet but, here we give you the four best ways to make fat bombs in no time.

    1. Keto Peanut Butter Fat Bombs.

    Ingredients  

    57 g coconut butter.

    14 g coconut oil.

    1 to half cup powdered erythritol or allulose xylitol.

    266 g peanut butter

    1/4-1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

    Instructions

    Pour the coconut butter and coconut oil into a large bowl. Blend the mixture with an electric mixer until it becomes super smooth. Now, add the small amount of sweetener in it and continue to mix until it becomes fluffy. Add peanut butter to it and mix thoroughly. Check for sweetness and salt.

    Heat the chocolate in a double broiler or water bath and melt it. Stir the chocolate and mix some coconut oil until its consistency become thick but pourable.

    Pour the chocolate into moulds and freeze for a few minutes until set. Add your peanut butter filling and freeze for 15 minutes. Then, top it with a thin layer of chocolate, and refrigerate again.  

     

    2. Cookies with Cream Fat Bombs

    Ingredients

    1 1/4 cup almond flour  

    3 tbsp. cocoa powder

    1/2 tbsp. Kosher salt

    3 tbsp. granulated Swerve (or another sweetener of your choice)

    4 tbsp. melted ghee

    2 tsp. vanilla extract

    For the filling:

    4 oz. cream cheese

    1/2 cup heavy cream

    3 tbsp. Swerve

    A can of coconut cream

    1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

     

    How to make cookie crumble?

    With the cupcake liners, line the muffin tin and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Toast almond flour until they become golden and fragrant. Blend cocoa powder, salt, and swerve and then mix them in melted ghee and vanilla extract.

    Take a tablespoon full of the chocolate cookie mixture and fill each liner. Freeze the remaining for 20 minutes.

    Make the filling:

    Blend all the ingredients like heavy cream, cream cheese, swerve, coconut cream, and vanilla until fluffy and thick. Fill the tin with the mixture and crumble the frozen cookie mixture over the top. Freeze for at least 3 hours.

    Keto Brownie fat bombs

    A block of cream cheese

    1/3 cup Swerve

    1/4 cup coconut oil

    1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

    2/3 cup dark chocolate chips

    Directions

    Blend cream cheese, coconut oil, swerve, and cocoa powder. Take the mixture and fold in chocolate chips. With the help of a cookie, scoop the whole mixture into balls. Freeze for 20 minutes.

    3. Pecan Fat Bombs

    1 ½ cups pecans

    ½ cup shredded coconut

    ¼ cup coconut butter

    2 Tbsp. pecan butter

    2 Tbsp. Chia seeds

    2 Tbsp. Flax meal

    2 Tbsp. Hemp seeds

    A teaspoon of coconut oil

    1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon

    ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

    ¼ teaspoon salt

    Instructions

    Take a bowl of a food processor and put all the ingredients in it. Grind for about 1-2 minutes until the mixture starts to break down. Keep grinding unless the oil leaks a bit. It keeps the mixture together.

    Divide the mixture into equal pieces by using a small cookie scoop. Roll the mixture into balls by hand and place the balls on a plate freeze for about 30 minutes.

    References.

    1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3945587/

    2. https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/british-journal-of-nutrition/article/verylowcarbohydrate-ketogenic-diet-v-lowfat-diet-for-longterm-weight-loss-a-metaanalysis-of-randomised-controlled-trials/6FD9F975BAFF1D46F84C8BA9CE860783

    Cocoa Powder: 4 Bizarre Reasons This Was Considered Sacred

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    Cocoa powder has long been one of the most revered plant products. Aside from its rich beverage use, it also has a rich history, myths, and value.

    From its consideration as the sweat of the stars, divine nectar, to drinks of the gods, there are several reasons cocoa powder was considered sacred.

    The significant reasons cocoa powder was considered sacred include:

    • The cocoa plant is central to the culture of the Mayans.
    • The cocoa seed was so valuable that it served as currency among the ancient Aztec and Mayan populations.
    • Numerous productions from cocoa topped off several creations for the central Mayan god, known as the god of the heat.
    • In the Mayan creation methodology, cocoa was part of human creation.

    Cocoa was considered a sacred plant among the Olmec, Aztec, and Mayan populations for thousands of years. The beans of the criollo variety were so valuable that they were used as currency.

    The beverage itself was usually prepared alongside other ingredients and served to royal guests at special ceremonies.

    The word 'cacao' was created from the Mayan words "Ka'kau," which means the Mother Cacao Tree.

    Likewise, the word "chocolate" originated from "chocol'ha,” which means the drink, and the verb "chokola'j,” "to drink chocolate together."

    The Aztec name "Kakahuatl" became "cacaoatl" in Spanish, and finally "cacao," the word used today in most languages.

    The cocoa plant was an integral part of ancient Aztec and Mayan life.

    Aside from being one of the most valuable beverages, cocoa was also vital to their religion and economies. This plant appears in several spiritual activities, including sacrifices and burial rites. As part of their economies, cocoa seeds were used as currencies.

    However, a lot of things have changed in recent times.

    Beyond the myths and reverence surrounding the cocoa plant, much scientific research has exposed that it has several compounds that are highly beneficial to your health.

     

    What Are the Benefits of Cocoa Powder?

    Cocoa powder benefits include improving mood and alertness and regulating your immune health. It has lower side effects compared to caffeine.

    The relevance of cocoa powder in human health is traceable to its beneficial compounds, particularly theobromine.

    Theobromine helps to improve cognitive functions, enhance lung functions, and lower blood pressure. This compound also allows you to get quality sleep, improve energy, reduce inflammation, and raise your mood.

    Theobromine is one of the naturally occurring compounds in cocoa plants and leaves. This subtle alkaloid is similar to caffeine, but it interacts differently, giving more health benefits.

    Aside from the benefits of theobromine, other compounds (flavonoids) in the compounds also add unique health benefits to cocoa powder.

    Cocoa can improve mood and alertness

    Cocoa contains flavonoids that help with the conversion of tryptophan to serotonin. Serotonin is a mood stabilizer that will improve calmness, boost mood, and mitigate depression.

    Cocoa is one of the best beverages to turn to if you need to boost your mood and alertness.

    It has lower side effects compared to caffeine

    Research shows that the stimulation and inhibition mechanism of theobromine offer enjoyable benefits with lower side effects.

    Although caffeine and theobromine (one of the primary compounds in cocoa) have similar effects, the latter is less stimulating. Theobromine also comes with lower side effects alongside its subtle stimulation.

    Cocoa aids body immune functionality

    Research established the role cocoa can play in preventing the antibody response and inducing lower immunoglobulin (Ig) concentrations. Consequently, it aids the overall immune functionality of the body.

    The body's immune system helps it to fight against potential invasion that can alter the body system. A weakened immune system will make the body vulnerable to various pathogenic attacks that cause diseases and illnesses.

    More benefits of cocoa powder

    Aside from improving mood and enhancing immunity, other benefits of cocoa powder include:

    • It reduces high blood pressure by enhancing nitric oxide levels.
    • Cocoa powder is rich in polyphenols that offer additional unique benefits.
    • It enhances blood flow and cognitive function.
    • The flavanols in cocoa powder can improve the symptoms of type 2 diabetes.
    • Cocoa is an anti-inflammatory with various anti-cancer properties.
    • It raises fat metabolism, which accelerates weight loss.

    When using cocoa to lose weight, buy organic cocoa powder with no artificial sweeteners.

    Your brain on cocoa powder

    Beyond the benefits of theobromine, there are significant studies on the cocoa flavanols (other alkaloids and compounds) action on the human brain.

    Research supports the neuroprotective and neurocognitive enhancement of cocoa powder. The cognitive abilities of these flavonoids result from several actions, including stimulating regeneration, protecting vulnerable brain neurons, and enhancing the functionality of neurons.

    Most actions of these flavonoids are credited to interacting with pathways that work with neural survival. It also enhances the neuron responsible for memory and long-term potentiation.

    Several flavonoids also interact with signaling proteins that are vital for pro-survival pathways.

    This technique helps the flavonoids to counteract various neuronal injuries. This injury is the primary cause of many neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's.

    Are you wondering why flavonoids play so much role in brain functions?

    Flavanol has a high penetrative power that helps it cross various blood-brain barriers. This ability allows them to cross over to essential brain areas like the cerebral cortex, hippocampus, and cerebellum.

    Aside from the fact that these areas are subjected to neurodegeneration, they are also necessary for learning and memory.

    Cocoa powder vs. Cacao powder

    It is common for many people to have issues with differentiating between cocoa powder and cacao powder. Aside from the close similarities with spelling, they are also from the same plant. They also have a similar appearance in terms of color.

    The difference between cocoa and cacao powder is the processing. Cacao powder is processed from dried cocoa beans, fermented, and heated at a low temperature. On the other hand, cocoa powder is heated at a higher temperature, and the final output is sweeter than cacao powder.

    The type of processing of cacao powder separates the fatty part of the bean from the rest. Consequently, it has more antioxidants. Cacao butter can act as a moisturizer, and cacao nibs can be a valuable alternative for chocolate chips.

    Cocoa powder is sweeter than cocoa powder because it is treated at a higher temperature. So, cocoa powder is the best option for baking and general refreshment.

    However, the high temperature causes the cocoa powder to have reduced antioxidants and nutrients.

    Cocoa powder is bitter: What to do?

    One of the significant challenges people face with cocoa powder is its bitter taste. Most individuals don't like bitter beverages as an instinct.

    Some of the best ways to remove the bitter taste of cocoa powder include the sea salt recipe, fruit recipe, wine recipe, cheese recipe, and coffee recipe.

    These recipes will not compromise the nutrient and quality of your cocoa powder. Instead, they add a unique taste and extra nutrients.

    Please also remember that adding sugar is not a good idea. Too many sweeteners will eliminate most of the benefits you should get from the beverage.

    Instead, there are several ways to remove the bitter taste of cocoa powder without compromising its benefits.

    Sea salt recipe

    The sea salt recipe is quite strong but still less bitter than cocoa powder. It also offers the least calories, and it is the easiest to make. All you need is a sprinkle of sea salt into your cocoa powder.

    Coffee recipe

    Using the coffee recipe is one of the best ways to cancel out the bitter taste of cocoa powder.

    It also has few calories, but it is higher compared to the sea salt recipe. All you need is to spice the cocoa powder with a bit of coffee.

    Fruit recipe

    The fruit recipe is the most versatile of all three methods. The resulting taste is dependent on the fruit used to eradicate the taste.

    The sweeter the taste of the fruit, the higher the calorie. So, adding a suitable fruit content can be tricky.

    Wine recipe

    Wine recipe is one of the classiest ways to mitigate the bitterness of cocoa powder. It takes little or no time because all you need is to add a sizable amount of cocoa powder to wine.

    Cheese recipe

    Adding cocoa powder to cheese brings flavor and reduces bitterness. All you need to do is include cocoa powder as one of the recipes while making your cheese.

    Cocoa Powder in Ceremonies

    Although Aztec and Maya considered the cocoa plant sacred, the way they consumed drinking chocolate in a formal setting omitted cocoa powder.

    Specialized ceremonial drinking cacao comprises more of the fat in the product, which remains bitter. This mix is something that you can create on your own if you want a fun DIY project.

    Get cocoa wafers, buy cocoa powder, melt them together and create dark, healthful cacao that you can use in a similarly sacred way.

    Are you ready to explore the benefits of cocoa?

    Wild Cocoa powder is grown and roasted naturally without artificial sweeteners to offer the best keto-friendly and vegan cocoa.

    Your Health is Your Journey Not A Destination

    Nothing in your health is a one-off.

    Health is based on continual action.

    There is no destination, literally, so it is a journey instead, a perpetual journey you are on for your entire life.

    The key is to keep going.

    The key to keep going for years on end is to build your habit foundation now. Then, each day you perform this routine, you reinforce it. And each day, you get one step closer to never quitting. Eventually, you won’t stop—you’ll become a new person.

    And that’s the difference between the healthy and the not—one is a healthy person daily, and one is not.

    Remember to keep the basics in mind with health.

    Here’s a quick reminder of the most important aspects of daily health:

    • Get outside and walk 30 mins in sunlight
    • Cook your meals at home, if you aren’t, start with making 1-2 days a week HOME only food, etc.
    • Spend time with friends and family
    • Spend time in nature
    • TURN YOUR PHONE OFF AND GET YOUR FACE OUT OF THE SCREEN
    • Stop watching the news - it’s toxic for your brain

    Wild Newsletter – July 2, 2017

    Dear Wildling,

    Things move fast today.

    There’s something new vying for your attention on a literal minute-by-minute basis.

    Sure, there are definitely some gems amidst all the noise—after all, who doesn’t like funny memes or the random dancing baby video?

    Beyond that, the unfortunate fact of our current Internet age is the vast majority of the things that beg to be clicked, watched, read, or purchased, are complete and utter junk.

    Which is why most of us subscribe to a few newsletters we enjoy; so we can filter through the noise, and to save time. I’m sure there are a few email senders you’ll always open. (We hope we are one of them!)

    So… this email is our first attempt to share with you the latest Wild updates, promos, articles and recipes, as well as recommended books, articles, podcasts, and more in a short, easy-to-digest format.

    The weekly Wild newsletter will be short and useful, we promise. And it will go out every Friday at 12:00pm Noon.

    Thank you for your support and for reading!

    Wild Recipe: Turmeric Tonic

    • 2 tsp Wild Turmeric
    • 1 tsp cinnamon
    • 1/4 tsp cardamom
    • 1/8 tsp black pepper
    • 1 tsp raw honey
    • 1 tbsp. minced ginger
    • 1/2 cup filtered water
    • 16oz sparking water
    • 1 lemon
    • 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar

    Directions:

    1. Combine lemon juice, turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom, pepper, honey, vinegar, ginger and water in a blender.
    2. Blend until well combined, about 30 seconds on high.
    3. Pour mixture through a fine mesh sieve into two cups.
    4. Top each cup off with ice cold sparking water.
    5. Enjoy!

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    Wild Guide Of The Week

    One of our newest Wild Guides to hit the web, The Wild Guide to Fish Oil is everything you wanted to know about fish oil—one of the most important supplements for optimal health and well-being.

    Book Of The Week

    Sapiens has become a best-seller seemingly out of nowhere by this first-time author. That’s because it is so freaking good. I got this on Audible, but either the book or the audiobook is a must-read for any functioning human (IMO).

    Podcast Of The Week

    I’ve been following Tim Ferris for years now, ever since reading his first book, The Four Hour Workweek. His podcast is usually ranked #1 in iTunes. There is something of interest for everyone. Def check out the Jamie Foxx episode.

    Article Of The Week

    100 Blocks a Day by Waitbutwhy.com – No matter how many blocks you have left in your life, this is a necessary reminder to use em well. He is one of my favorite writers on the Internet.

    Quote Of The Week

    “It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.”-Epictetus

    Dogma is a disease of the human species. We think we know things, but we really know nothing. Most people don’t realize that science and research are just educated guesses. A hypothesis is an “educated guess,” which is something we all learn in middle school science. Yet you see journalists, authors, policy makers, fitness gurus, and the like cite a few pieces of research before going on to make various claims as fact.

    We’d all get along much better—and save ourselves mountains of suffering—if we were more willing to say, “I don’t know.”

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    Colin Stuckert Founder/CEO, Wild Foods